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Work Life

There are several teams at Culture Trip, spread across three offices in London, Tel Aviv, and New York, and a community of freelance creators across the globe. We come from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, but have one unifying mission: we want to inspire people to go beyond their cultural boundaries and connect with the world around them.

At a time when walls are going up and the focus is so often placed on what separates or divides us, we at Culture Trip believe it’s more important than ever to nurture an open-minded, culturally inquisitive world by highlighting what unites us all as human beings.

Everyone at Culture Trip, from engineers and data scientists to creators and sales and marketers, wants to look outwards, learn about, and embrace the world in all its complexity and difference.

At Culture Trip we tell stories and create content; we design products and deliver amazing user experiences; we combine technology and creativity to break new ground, help people explore and plan their journeys, and strive to bring the world closer together.

Dr Kris Naudts

Dr Kris Naudts

CEO & Founder
favourite city: Jerusalem
Dr Kris Naudts trained as a medical doctor and psychiatrist in Belgium and began his career in academic psychiatry at the prestigious Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. He later became medical director at a private psychiatric hospital. Kris holds five degrees - in medicine, general and forensic psychiatry and psychology, and a PhD in neuroscience. Kris founded Culture Trip to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship, culture and creativity. After several years of bootstrapping, Kris raised more than $100m in funding to propel Culture Trip into its next phase of growth. He speaks (and reads) Dutch, English, French and German. When not working, you can find him reading, travelling or in a theatre, jazz club or art gallery.
Dr Nick Jakobi

Dr Nick Jakobi

Chief Product Officer
favourite city: Brighton
Nick has a PhD in evolutionary robotics and worked at several artificial intelligence startups before joining Google as one of their first European product managers in 2006. During nearly eight years at Google, Nick worked on YouTube, emerging markets and offers. He then joined State, a social network, and later to Facebook in 2014 as the lead PM on the brand solutions team. Nick joined Culture Trip in 2017 to build out the product, design and data science teams.
Dmitry Shishkin

Dmitry Shishkin

Chief Content Officer
favourite city: London
Dmitry enjoys working on the intersection of creative and tech. Originally from Moscow, he joined Culture Trip from the BBC World Service, where he worked as digital development editor for 41 foreign language news teams. Before that Dmitry worked in various senior editorial development roles for the digital part of BBC News. His passions in life, apart from his family, are reading, cooking and travelling as well as walking his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Charlie.
Karen Kesner

Karen Kesner

Chief People Officer
favourite city: Austin
Karen launched her HR career at a pivotal time in technology in the Pacific Northwest and Silicon Valley. She helped ready one of the earliest tech start-up IPOs at RealNetworks in 1997, and the sixth-largest IPO at Visa in 2008. Karen joined Culture Trip from travel industry leader Booking.com, where she was a member of the core leadership team. Before, she led the growth and transformation of globally diverse teams that pioneered technology innovation at Microsoft, Washington Mutual (Chase), Apple, Visa and Audible. Her passions, outside her love for her work and family, are her love for world adventures and her many pets.
Ben Shacham

Ben Shacham

VP Operations
favourite city: Vilnius
After studying at Oxford, Ben joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with businesses of all sizes — from fast-growing start-ups to FTSE-listed companies — on audits, transactions and accessing the capital markets. He joined Culture Trip in 2015 as its second employee and has held a number of roles across the company. He is a keen sportsman, enjoying rugby, boxing and muay thai when he was growing up and more recently running, cycling and yoga. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, building bikes and watching Arsenal.
Inbal Rosenshtock

Inbal Rosenshtock

SVP R&D
favourite city: Tel Aviv
Passionate about technology, Inbal graduated from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, with a BSc in Information Systems. Inbal joined Elbit Systems as a real time developer in the avionics field, and in her next roles she worked on big data environments. Directly prior to Culture Trip, Inbal was vice president of research and development for C-B4, a predictive analytics startup. An enthusiastic artist, Inbal tries to travel as much of the world as possible and is always thinking of her next adventure.
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon

Executive Creative Director
favourite city: Salina
Anne’s interests lie at the intersection of arts and culture, innovation and media. Anne previously held the role of global digital director at Magnum Photos where she led Magnum’s digital publishing activities, including launching magnumphotos.com. Anne has also held roles as creative content director of NOWNESS (Dazed Media) and Photography Director of Forward Publishing (WPP Group). Anne is passionate about photography, yoga, and sourdough. Food is a major motivation.
Kathelijne Beckers

Kathelijne Beckers

General Counsel
favourite city: New York
After studying law in Belgium and Italy, Kathelijne worked as a lawyer in Brussels. Prior to joining Culture Trip, Kathelijne worked as legal counsel at Materialise, a global 3D printing services provider listed on Nasdaq, where she worked on a number of M&A projects and software and technology transactions, and advised on securities laws and filings. Kathelijne is a member of the Disruptive General Counsel Network. In her spare time Kathelijne enjoys travelling, running, swimming, and baking cookies for her family and friends. Kathelijne loves New York for the energy it exudes.